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Curbing of Trump’s War Power is approved by US House

Democrats Majority US House approves measure to restrain Trump’s actions on Iran after the killing of Qassem Soleimani

President Donald Trump will not be able to make full use of his powers for military action against Iran. The ‘War Powers’ resolution to limit President Donald Trump’s authority for military action against Iran has been passed from the lower house of the US Congress ‘House of Representatives’. The Democrats had a majority of 194 votes in favor of the motion in the House of Representatives. Congress has allowed its war powers role to erode since the passage of Authorization for Use of Military Force in 2001 to fight terrorism after the 9/11 attacks, and passage of another AUMF for the invasion of Iraq in 2002. The proposal will now be introduced in the Senate, the upper house of Congress, where its fate is to be decided. However, there is a majority of Republican lawmakers in the Senate and it is quite difficult for the proposal to pass from there. But even if the proposal is passed by the Senate, it will not require Trump’s signature to come into effect.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi walking to her office. (Pic: Reuters)

Trump asked for peace on Wednesday

Earlier, President Donald Trump on Wednesday indicated that he would not respond in a military manner to Iran’s missile attacks on US military bases in Iraq, after which the two countries appeared to be holding back their steps before reaching a state of war. There were no casualties in the the attacks done by Iran on Friday where they targeted the military bases of USA, but US forces in the area are on alert. In his message from the White House, Trump was seen trying to mitigate the crisis. Earlier, he had approved the killing of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani and from there, the controversy had escalated. Iran also attempted an overnight response, the first direct attack on the US since 1979.

UN chief: The world cannot withstand another war

United Nations chief António Guterres said, “The world cannot afford another war,” given the growing tension in the US and Iran after the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani. He said, he will continue his dialogue with the countries concerned to reduce tensions and prevent war.

Guterres has appealed to all to maintain peace after tensions in the entire Gulf region escalate. He reiterated his four-point message to global leaders and asked to end the tension, be more restrained and renew international cooperation.

Iran fired missiles at American bases

Iran fired 22 ballistic missiles at at least 2 bases of Iraq-based US military and coalition forces. Iran said that the attack is a ‘slap on the face’ of America. Iran’s state television said the attacks were carried out on Friday to avenge the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who was killed in a US drone strike. Iran’s state television claimed that at least 80 militant US soldiers were killed in missile attacks. The Iraqi military said in a statement that a total of 22 missiles fell on US military bases, but there were no causalities of Iraqi forces. Later, Trump also spoke of no American casualties in the Iran attacks.

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